Q: Why do most people who reach enlightenment live in isolation?
A: Wouldn’t you live in isolation too if you didn’t live out of fear? People are drawn together by the similarities in their consciousness; people hang out with like-minded people.
When someone is more identified with the watcher, though, they have less in common with most people, so there is less of a pull. They may find themselves dwelling more in solitude, or not then. 70% of enlightened people live away from people. So this does not mean that all enlightened people are isolated, or that just because you’re a hermit you are enlightened! It’s just a tendency.
Q: How do they pay their bills though?
A: If you step back at it, aren’t bills like a karmic debt, in a way of speaking? Your mortgage, your student loans, your car loan, your credit card debt, your taxes, etc., all stem from you wanting something, do they not?
Well, what happens if your karma is running out, and you don’t find yourself wanting anything? You would probably have a lot fewer bills, right? So in a way, most enlightened people have “downsized.”